Atonement 2007

Atonement

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Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.

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This sweeping English drama, based on the book by Ian McEwan, follows the lives of young lovers Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and Robbie Turner (James McAvoy). When the couple are torn apart by a lie constructed by Cecilia's jealous younger sister, Briony (Saoirse Ronan), all three of them must deal with the consequences. Robbie is the hardest hit, since Briony's deception results in his imprisonment, but hope for Cecilia and her beau increases when their paths cross during World War II.

Cast & Crew

James McAvoy
Robbie Turner
Keira Knightley
Cecilia Tallis
Romola Garai
Briony - Age 18
Saoirse Ronan
Briony - Age 13
Brenda Blethyn
Grace Turner
Patrick Kennedy
Leon Tallis
Harriet Walter
Emily Tallis
Tim Bevan
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Richard Eyre
Executive Producer
Robert Fox
Executive Producer
Ian McEwan
Executive Producer
Debra Hayward
Executive Producer
Liza Chasin
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Critic Reviews for Atonement

All Critics (218) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (182) | Rotten (36)

  • Joe Wright directs Atonement with an eye to framing each performance with spectacularly vivid images, including a genuinely breathtaking tracking shot on the bloody, wreckage-strewn beach at Dunkirk.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR.org
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  • Atonement is a film out of balance, nimble enough in its first half but oddly scattered and ungainly once it leaves the grounds of the Tallis estate.

    September 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Sweeping, showy, and stiff, Joe Wright's adaptation of Ian McEwan's pedigreed bestseller traffics in florid staging and callow emotions.

    January 29, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Atonement's extraordinary qualities outweigh any quibbles.

    January 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • One of the few adaptations that gives a novel the film it deserves.

    January 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Kenneth Turan

    Newsday
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  • Somehow the intensity of McEwan's voice hasn't survived and once we move beyond the magic of that lost summer's day, the film becomes a strangely cool and cerebral experience.

    December 21, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atonement

  • Sep 27, 2015
    Take away the acclaim and Atonement works fine as a drama. The film looks as good as the actors. The various situations are somewhat interesting, but the film never comes together or feels completed at the end. The war scenes do almost nothing for the story, which seems to have no main character. But overall, Atonement is fine, I just didn't find it to merit any awards.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2014
    A romance drama that shifts from joy to chaos thanks to a misunderstanding from a little girl, told in a unique musical score of typewriting sounds. It'll leave you pitiful towards all three main characters.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2013
    Made me feel horribly sad, and a bit nauseous.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    Joe Wright's 'Atonement' has a lot of positive things going for it, but none more brilliant and substantial than the film's cinematography and visuals. This includes, but is not limited to, a 5 minute tracking shot that never cuts away. It's pure, unadulterated filmmaking that we see less and less of. Not only filled with magnificent visuals, but each of the three leads fills their roles with great intensity and pathos, really creating something out of nothing when it comes to the script. The story feels a little blown out of proportion and the pace a little slow at times, but Wright makes sure it doesn't disappoint his audience. 'Atonement' does not have an astonishingly great story to tell, but its technical brilliance cannot be denied.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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